Pakistan has a knack of getting into controversies and assembling the best of the brilliant pace bowling attacks. Haris Rauf is the new pacer who has been having the best time of his life in the ongoing Big Bash League season (BBL 2019/20). The pacer is currently enjoying the thrills of the Australian twenty-overs league, scalping good figures in every match.
Rauf was roped by the Melbourne Stars from Hobart Club Cricket as a replacement for Dale Steyn who went through injury during the time. The right-arm Pakistan fast bowler, who recently got featured in the Pakistan Super League for Lahore Qalandars, started by pocketing two wickets in his maiden BBL game against the Brisbane Heat.
Rauf then went on to pick 5/27 figures against the Hobart Hurricanes, showing a glimpse of the impressive talent he got with the ball. By the time Steyn returned in the game, Rauf had earned fans for his talent.
And then again on Thursday (2nd January), Rauf got another chance to play for Melbourne Stars following an injury to the leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. The already famous pacer added another brimming figure on his achievements card and scalped three wickets for 24 against Sydney Thunder. In that game, Rauf scalped the three most difficult and important wickets of Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross, and Daniel Sams.
Fans react angrily over Haris Rauf’s way of celebrating:
However, amidst all the laudable performances and match-winning glimpses of the Pakistan pacer, he attracted a negative appearance in his third game of the BBL. Nevertheless, Rauf’s way of celebrating the wickets on the field had gotten him in trouble even more so than the fame he reached for his talent. On Thursday, Haris Rauf celebrated the wickets by making a throat-slitting gesture that didn’t sit well with several cricket fans, and they took it on Twitter to unleash their anger on his celebration.
Below are the few Twitter reactions by cricket fans on Haris Rauf’s throat-slitting celebration.
Twitter Reactions of the Cricket Fans:
Not sure we need the throat cutting gesture from Harris Rauf everytime he takes a wicket. Clearly a very good bowler but the post wicket antics are over the top. Who’s with me?
— Darryl Brohman OAM (@therealbigmarn) January 2, 2020
I think you need to have a word with Haris Rauf The throat slashing action of his wicket celebration is totally inappropriate. You really don’t want kids emulating this kind of behaviour
— Laurinda Ottaway (@LaurindaRenee) January 2, 2020
That Rauf's a top bowler – but please tell me that's not a throat-slitting wicket celebration at the family-friendly Big Bash….#BBL09
— Adam Hawse (@AdamHawse) January 2, 2020
Honestly the throat slit gesture used in sport makes me so uncomfortable. It's not necessary at all. Sport doesn't need that shit. #BBL09
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